White House Unveils Border Security Plan

WASHINGTON (AP) - The Obama administration plans to send about 500 more agents and equipment to the nation's southwestern border and Mexico to fight Mexican drug cartels -- and keep violence from spilling over into the United States.

Speaking at the White House today, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said officials were still considering whether to deploy the National Guard to the Arizona and Texas borders with Mexico, which the governors had requested.

Deputy Attorney General David Ogden pledged "to destroy these criminal organizations" through a united effort on both sides of the border.

Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton travels to Mexico tomorrow for the start of several weeks of high-level meetings between the two countries on the drug violence issue. Napolitano and Attorney General Eric Holder meet with Mexican officials in early April.

Many of the moves announced today are a continuation or expansion of programs that already existed under the Bush administration.  Violent turf battles among the cartels have wracked Mexico in recent years, and led to a spate of kidnappings and home invasions in some U.S. cities.